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trigeminal infection/lesion
Posted by: Stanley
Date: September 27, 2006 4:08 AM

My symptoms are similar to CFS. Seven months ago, I had an abscess directly behind my second molar, right side on the mandible. It took over three weeks to go away. My breathing problems started then, but didn't go away when the respiratory infection went away. I sent an MRI to Dr. Wesley Shankland, but he didn't see anything. There is a slight lump in the jawbone almost directly below where the abscess was, and a larger more noticeable lump on the inside of my jaw adjacent to it, but there are few oral surgeons experienced with jawbone problems. My breathing gets better when I put copious amount of salt in a little water and hold it in my mouth. It also gets better when I lay flat. Is there any explanation for breathing better with large amounts of salt in my mouth? Is there a way of telling if the lump on my right side (none on the left) is just a normal variation in the way my jaw formed?

RE: trigeminal infection/lesion
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: September 27, 2006 4:35 AM

I am stumped as to why you would breathe better with hypertonic saline in your mouth. As to the lumps in your jawbone, you should consider the possibility of cavitations. You can read up on this subject at www.medical-library.net/sites/_cavitations.html. If this is the problem, it will plague you for life until it is fixed. Not all oral surgeons are familiar with the problem - how to diagnose it (Panorex exam) or how to treat it - so you have to get yourself to the right person.



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